CUMBRIA could be home to a new type of miniature nuclear reactor as part of a £500m scheme announced by the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson is planning to build small modular reactors (SMRs) in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire under the plans set to be revealed next month. A white paper is now circulating so people in the Government can be briefed, with the paper due to be released on September 12. The move could put the North at the vanguard of a new nuclear Renaissance despite the collapse of the Moorside project. David Moore, Copeland’s nuclear portfolio-holder, described the expected announcement as “fantastic news”. And with Cumbria among the likely locations for SMRs, he said the county could help power the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative. He said: “We would look to the expertise we have in Copeland to develop these further and to get ourselves in a position to build these reactors.
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